Grace in Sickness

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV

Coronavirus – specifically Covid-19.  Let’s talk about this. I have remained silent, but enough is enough.  Yesterday was the highest death toll in one day since the beginning of this; most of them in Italy. I am located in the USA. 
Humans are always saddened by death and loss – I know this significantly. As a Christian, I know when I die, I get to go home to Heaven and hang out with Jesus, God, Angels and a bunch of Christians who got there before me. Glory!!!  I am also aware that those who may have lost someone to Covid-19 may not have the same assurances that their loved ones went to Heaven – and I grieve with you.  This is a terrible tragedy.  Let us therefore go boldly unto God for his grace during this time.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Why is there panic and fear? Do we fear dying? Do we fear sickness? We are relatively healthy in the USA. Are we so healthy we forgot we are mortal? This spirit is not of God. And God gave us three to combat the spirit of fear!

He gave us the spirit of POWER:
” Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 KJV
Let’s repeat that loudly for those in the back: nothing shall by any means hurt you! Maybe we forgot that our God is powerful and gave us his heavenly power?
“But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,” Matthew 12:15 NAS
Yes, Jesus healed them ALL! And there is no reason he cannot do that here and now if we just laid hands on the sick and prayed in the name of Jesus.

He gave us the spirit of LOVE:
It is a spirit that can combat the spirit of fear! Love them who are over taken by the spirit of fear and love them up well!  Do not criticize them, just try to understand and be there for them. Encourage them in the Lord. Let me encourage you, if you know a Christian who is bound up in fear – send them a Bible verse on Love to encourage them and to them and anyone else in fear – just show God’s love.

He gave us a spirit of a SOUND MIND:
Fear not because… well because the Bible says so 365 times!
Most of us in the USA do not know anyone who has contracted it, let alone died of it. Calculating the statistical probability of dying from it, is such complex math that as of right now, no one is. This has too many variables to weigh in. But crude unweighted calculations based solely on the fact that we exist on earth is .00006118% and in the USA it is less at .00000947%.  There is a higher probability of being killed from a random lightning strike.

So, with a sound mind – does it make sense to panic?
Why are some people stocking up on supplies? Don’t they know we all need soap and cleaners in order to keep them safe as well?  Fear and selfishness!!!
“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” James 3:16
Oof! Every evil practice?!?! Oh Lord, let them know we are Christians by our love! Not by our fear induced selfishness!
“But there might be a shortage – I might not be able to get it in the future.” I heard a friend say.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

I am starting to realize we do not have a virus problem, we have a faith problem! We have a problem believing our God is powerful and in control.

Be encouraged, though, in the Lord. He will lift you up and strengthen you. Prayerfully ask to be more christlike and be obedient to God in all things. Thanks for reading this – be blessed in Christ Jesus.

Read and pray Psalm 91

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